Garden Gourmet® launches in the UK out of home dining market

Monday, November 25, 2019

We are proud to launch our plant-based Garden Gourmet® range to the UK out of home dining market

We have launched a new plant-based range to meet the booming demand for alternatives to meat, with one in eight Britons now vegetarian or vegan and a further 21% claiming to be flexitarian1.

Developed by our expert chefs and nutritionists, the Nestlé GARDEN GOURMET range is made up of five easy and quick to prepare plant-based products, including vegan filet pieces and mince, a vegan burger, vegetarian Schnitzel and a vegetarian burger

Designed to appeal to flexitarians looking to reduce meat in their diet, this new range has been created to offer truly innovative products and tastes to those who are already enjoying a meat-free lifestyle and want to ensure that their dining out options are as delicious as dining in.  

Garden Gourmet® Sensational Mexican Burger recipe image

Our new survey has found that over half (51%) of diners would like more meat-free options when eating out and over seven in ten (71%) would like more healthy options2. The report, Balancing Plates: Navigating consumer dining demands in 2020 surveyed 1,000 consumers in the UK also found that the majority (58%) struggle to maintain a healthy diet when eating out of home and over seven in ten would like more nutritional information on menus, with 71% asking for more dietary data.




Vegans and vegetarians are set to make up a quarter of the British population in 2025 and flexitarians just under half of all UK consumers3. A recent study found that almost half of meat-eaters and flexitarians who intended to eventually give up meat were concerned with the healthiness of processed meats and their own physical wellbeing4. To appeal to these health-conscious diners, the UK GARDEN GOURMET range benefits from being a source of protein and fibre.

Concern over animal welfare and the environmental impact of eating meat has also been identified as a factor that encourages people towards a vegan or vegetarian diet5. Animal products are responsible for more than half of food emissions and cutting meat could reduce an individual's carbon footprint from food by two-thirds6. The GARDEN GOURMET range is created with a significantly smaller environmental footprint than meat-based products, with production using less energy and land use as well as emitting less greenhouse gas emissions7.


Rohini Alam our Savoury Food Category Manager commented:

“We’re excited to launch a truly innovative range of meat-free alternatives that push the boundaries of what vegetarian and vegan options can deliver. From our research, we’ve found that people can be disappointed by the taste or monotony of vegan and vegetarian options when eating out of home, so we’ve worked hard to make tasty, meat-free alternatives that can easily replace many classic meat-based menu items. The texture and taste of the products really make this a versatile and easy-to-use range for chefs.”

Garden Gourmet® Fillet Pieces 2kg front of pack Garden Gourmet® Fillet Pieces serving suggestion

The UK GARDEN GOURMET range is characterised by its ability to be prepared easily and quickly, across a variety of dishes, lending themselves to favourites such as stir fries and lasagnes, simple salads or new creations, thanks to their versatility.   





  1. Waitrose food and drink report 2018-19
  2. 3GEM research and insights survey of 1,000 UK adults November 2019
  3. Sainsbury’s Future of Food Report
  4. YouGov Is the future of food flexitarian? 2019
  5. YouGov Is the future of food flexitarian? 2019
  6. Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers. Science, 360
  7. 3rd party report. Screening Life Cycle Assessment of Garden Gourmet “Cook from Raw” range consumed in Europe and the United States. Critically reviewed study. Sonia Petzold (NPTC Singen) and Namy Espinoza Orias (Nestlé Research)

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